Running Start for School

Running Start for School LogoGet a Running Start for School!

Do you remember sitting on the floor and laying out all of your brand new school supplies the night before school started each year? The smell of sharpened # 2 pencils, the rainbow of crayons, highlighters and color pencils, the fresh wide ruled notebooks, and the sound of the backpack zipper as you closed it and placed it next to the door for the next morning. There are children in our community who would never experience this feeling if it weren’t for United Way's Running Start for School.

Over 7,000 students in Olmsted County may need our help with getting a backpack and school supplies for school year 2015/2016! Thanks for helping to support the leaning of children.

Volunteer - updated on or before June 1

We need volunteers mid July through August to help with Stuff the Bus, inventory supplies, kits assebly and distribution of school supplies to students in Byron, Stewartville, Rochester and Pine Island! Sign up today to volunteer!

Donate Backpacks and School Supplies

  • Drop off backpacks and school supplies at United Way starting in June
  • Share our website on Facebook and Twitter:
  • Print off posters and shopping lists to give to friends!
  • Email or call 507-529-4831 for more information or if you want to help.

Stuff the Bus

Stuff the Bus will take place the first week in August! All school supplies collected will will be distribute to students who live or go to school in Olmsted County.

2014 Sponsors

Thanks to our many sponsors who help make Running Start for School successful, including Y-105 and Townsquare Media, KAAL-TV, Cherry Berry, Cold Stone Creamery, Outback Steakhouse, TerraLoco, and all of our Drive/Drop Site Partners!

Eligibility for Supplies and Distribution

To be eligible for Running Start school supplies, your family must be eligible for free or reduced lunch and have a letter from your school district. Learn if your child is eligible to receive Running Start for School supplies. For more information about Running Start, email or call 507-535-5503.